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Cheryl L. Blackwell has opened her second salon, Mane Concern Beauty Nook and Barbers at 3490 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

Blackwell has specialized in hair styles for African-American women for almost 15 years. Her salon offers relaxers, weaving, up-dos, primps, spiral curls and doo-be wraps. Assisting Blackwell in the Spring Hill salon is stylist Nicole Gordon.

Gordon trained in California and New York before moving to Florida. She has nine years of experience.

Originally from Bronx, N.Y., Blackwell opened her first salon, Mane Concern Beauty Nook and Barbers in Tampa, more than 10 years ago. She alternates Saturdays between the two shops.

The shop in Spring Hill opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and about 8 a.m. Saturday. Closing hours vary by appointments. For information, call 683-6933.

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Independent travel agent Paula Day, with AAA Spring Hill Travel, 1410 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, recently earned the Alaska destination specialist designation from the Travel Institute.

The 11 destination specialist courses the institute offers provide travel professionals with expert knowledge of specific areas, enabling them to provide clients with the best travel experiences possible. Each course covers the geography, history, attractions, accommodations, cuisine, transportation and unique cultural aspects of a destination.

As an independent agent, Day specializes in cruises and tours for individual or group travel. She can be reached at 688-4828 or via e-mail at

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Prudential Pro Realty, 5471 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, announced that Ruby McGeehan has joined its property management department.

McGeehan holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from Saint Leo University and a Florida Community Association manager's license. She has been a licensed real estate agent since 1984 and is a broker-associate member of Prudential Pro Realty.

McGeehan has 20 years of combined experience in real estate and property management. She can be reached at 683-9810.

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Patricia Springstead, owner of Springstead-MD Crafters Art Mall, 406 E Liberty St., Brooksville, recently attained patent pending and trademark status on her invention: New Hope Skin Formulation, an all-natural treatment for dermatitis.

Springstead's company attained corporate status Jan. 10, 2003. Board members are: Springstead, president; Phyllis Rummel, vice president, and Lynn Wolf, secretary/treasurer. Directors include: Jeanne Marquez, Doris Bon, Reene Dickerson and Marilyn Husson.

New Hope Skin Formulation went on the open market Jan. 6, 2003.

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Certified public accountant Jacquelyn R. Campbell, a partner at Campbell & Virgilio, LC, 7211 Hiawatha Parkway, Spring Hill, has been authorized by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certified financial planner certification marks in accordance with the board's certification and renewal requirements.

The marks identify individuals who have met rigorous experience and ethical requirements, have successfully completed financial planning course work and have passed the CFP certification examination. The exam covers the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

CFP certificates must also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold the CFP board's code of ethics and professional responsibility and financial planning practice standards.

Campbell has 21 years of experience in public accounting and is responsible for tax and financial planning for individuals, businesses, estates and trusts.

Campbell & Virgilio is a full-service certified public accounting and business consulting firm. The firm's phone number is 683-7365.

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Keller Williams Realty recently had its annual North Florida Region awards banquet in Tampa. Several local Realtors were recognized for their production and earned performance awards as multimillion-dollar achievers.

In the bronze category, the following Realtors were recognized: Linda Beckner, Beth Powanda, Janet Croft, Ralph Croft, Joyce Lane, Mary Ann Ryan, Liz Piedra, Carol Mina, Vince Mina, Vera DuGray, Mary Hynes and Dick Whalen.

In the silver category, the following Realtors were recognized: Lois Wilbur, Dennis Mundy, Pat McInnis, Ron McInnis, Dick Bell and Ray Bousquet.

As one of the mega agents of 2003, Marian Brown was recognized individually for her outstanding abilities in sales.

A young lion award was presented to Liz Piedra, and the 2003 spirit award was presented to Carol Shaw.

The Spring Hill office, at 2715 Forest Road, was recognized as a top profit share performer. Keller Williams has offices in Spring Hill, Brooksville and Citrus County.

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Laurie Powell Neiman, broker at Marie Powell Realty/GMAC Real Estate, recently announced that 21 sales professionals earned membership in the President's Club for 2003. Membership is awarded to sales professionals who achieve sales volume success.

Silver Club award winners included: Evelyn Anderson, Grace Simonelli, Virginia O'Brien and Jane Mazzola, all of Hernando County; and Kay Case, Rich Cove, Craig Lindell, Larry Gareau, Chuck Smith and Phyllis Suarez, all of Pasco County.

Gold Club award winners included: Dennis Benson, Betty Powell, Lynda Powell and Jim Sanders, of Hernando County; and Danelle Curl, Renee Brlecic, Nancy Johnson and Judy Braak, of Pasco County.

Platinum Club award winners were Milly Jennings and Marcia Harrington of Pasco County.

The top agent of 2003 was Milly Jennings. Marcia Harrington finished second, and Betty Powell and Dennis Benson of Hernando County finished third.

Nancy Johnson was named rookie of the year; Rich Cove was named most supportive; Dave Wootten won the service first award, and Glory Clubb was named up and comer.

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